Adam Kohl is a field biologist and freelance naturalist based in Wendell, MA available for a range of services.

Services:

  • Rare plant surveys
  • Consulting for pollinator plans and habitat landscaping
  • Moth surveys (sheet & lights, and/or light-trap)
  • Bioblitz & property inventories
  • Plant ID & edible plant walks
  • Seed collection (strict ethics policy)
  • Native plant propagation & education
  • Private & group lessons

Experience:

WORK (Independent Contractor unless noted with *):

2024-Presenter: Garden In The Woods. Native Plant Trust in Framingham MA. How Insects Use Plants: A walking tour of insect-plant interactions.

2023- Presenter: Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Amherst, MA. On identification, propagation, and faunal associations of asters and goldenrods.

2023- Presenter: Beyond Flowers: Host and Nest Needs of Lesser-considered Flower-visitors. Slideshow presented at Harvard Forest’s Fisher Museum (3/12), Splendor Solis Books (4/14), Marlborough Public Library (4/29), Wendell Free Library (5/21).

2023- Consulting entomologist: Regenerative Design Group. Greenfield, MA. Consulting on a proposal for a pollinator action plan for the city of Somerville, MA.

2022-2024 Field biologist: Norcross Sanctuary. Wales, MA. Natural Communities and important features surveys, plant plot surveys, moth trap surveys, and leafmine & gall surveys in collaboration with Charley Eiseman (Naturalist – Northfield, MA).

2022-2024 Lead technician*: Cole Ecological. Greenfield, MA. Sorting aquatic macroinvertebrates for biomonitoring.

2022-2023 Presenter: Grow Native Massachusetts. Cambridge, MA. Walks on identification, propagation, and faunal associations of asters and goldenrods (2022), and Spring ephemerals (2023)

2022 Consultant: Maine Audubon. Falmouth, ME. Contributor/Editor on the document “Habitat Restoration and Native Planting for Maine Solar Development”.

2022-2023 Conservation agent: Town of Leverett, MA. Working with the conservation commission on issues pertaining to the Wetlands Protection Act and land conservation strategies.

2021-2023 Approved botanist for state-listed plant surveys: approved by Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. Westborough, MA

2021-2022 Habitat designer: Dean’s Beans headquarters. Orange, MA. Design, installation, and maintenance of a habitat garden.

2020-2021 Independent researcher of nocturnal moth pollination: with funding from and in collaboration with Gegear Lab at UMass Dartmouth. Dartmouth, MA (2021).

2019-2023 Conservation agent: Town of Wendell, MA (Voting member 2016-’19). Working with the conservation commission on issues pertaining the Wetlands Protection Act and Town of Wendell Wetlands Bylaw.

2019-2023 Seed collector of common native plant species: Native Plant Trust. Framingham and Whately, MA. Scouting for, acquiring permission to collect, and collecting seeds in accordance with Native Plant Trust guidelines.

2019-2021 Field botanist, entomological surveyor, and horticultural consultant: Landscape Interactions LLC. Northampton, MA. Including producing botanical inventory reports for UMass ‘pollinator-friendly’ certification for solar arrays.

2018-2020 Presenter on native plant propagation: Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA) Northampton, MA. Including conferences, seed collection walks, and sowing demonstrations.

2016-2017 Habitat designer: in collaboration with Moosewood Ecological (Chesterfield, NH) for Army Corps of Engineers at Otter Brook. Roxbury, NH.

2016-2022 Field botanist: Betsy Von Holle Ph.D and Christopher Neill Ph.D’s research at Cape Cod National Seashore. Wellfleet, MA.

2016-Present Owner and operator: native plant nursery (closed 2022), design, consulting, and field botany business. Wendell, MA.

2014-2016 Propagation & nursery assistant*, plant sales coordinator*: New England Wild Flower Society (now Native Plant Trust). Whately and Framingham, MA. Work included designing, building, and maintaining a fern propagation lab, propagating exclusively from spores.

1997-Present Artist: recording, performing, visual, and curating.

VOLUNTEER:

2022-2023 Appointed member: Town of Wendell Open Space Committee. Wendell, MA. Revising the Town of Wendell Open Space Plan in collaboration with Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG)

2020-2023: Naturalist: Contributor of 11,000+ observations comprising of 3,500+ species on the iNaturalist community science platform

2019-2023 Founder and member: Wendell Pollinator Group. Guided plant and insect walks, presentations, garden design & implementation, biodiversity surveys, and creation of the document “Wendell Pollinator Action Plan” in collaboration with Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG). Wendell, MA.

2018-2023 Volunteer contributor of 950+ moth species records to Mass Moths project, including several new species records for Franklin Co., MA, and several observations of state-listed moths submitted to the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species program.

2016-2023 Private researcher: working to document the biodiversity of Wendell including flower visiting and related insects of Wendell, MA in collaboration with J. William Stubblefield PhD

2016-2023 Volunteer contributor: town-level plant records to Bertin R, et. al (2020) Vascular flora of Franklin County, Massachusetts. New England Botanical Club.

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